Doing a little channel surfing before work I caught the end of a segment they were calling "Self Defense Tactics That Work." I didn't catch who the guest presenter was but by the way she moved I'm guessing that she has some martial arts background. The "tips" that I caught included basically using everyday items as weapons.
Jam him in the head or ribs or groin with your cel-phone antenna. (maybe it is better than trying to call 911 during the attack)
The classic keys to the eyes.
slash him with a nail file.
My favorite: use a pen to stab him in the carotid artery (then she deomonstrats a quick jab at the neck, as if you could hope to hit the artery with a blind stick) . She also said you could stab him in the temple.
If you are taken completely by suprise maybe these are decent distraction until you can draw your gun, but I think these are gonna get some girl beaten in addition to being raped.
If you acknowledge that it is possible that bad people might come for you one day and noone will be there to save you, then why on earth not pack a piece?
I understand why you might not feel the need if you believe that it won't happen to you or that 911 will save you. (you are wrong by the way, but I wouldn't carry a gun either if I thought there were no threats out there) But to acknowledge the danger and carry a ballpoint pen for protection? Isn't that like knowing that you are going to walk across a busy highway today and wearing a helmet instead of looking before you cross the street?